MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Preview
National League powerhouses will meet in the last of a three-game series on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-19, 1st in the NL West) take on the Atlanta Braves 29-19, 1st in the NL East). The Braves will host this one at Truist Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:20 pm ET.
In their last matchup, the Dodgers took down the Braves 8-1 on Tuesday. In the win, Jayson Heyward and J.D. Martinez homered, while Bobby Miller allowed just one earned run in five innings.
This game is essentially a pick’em game as both teams’ moneylines sit at -108. The runline features Atlanta +1.5 (-164), and the over/under for total runs is 9.5.
Dodgers Looking For The Sweep
After losing three of four in their previous series to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dodgers have bounced back taking the first two games of this series with Atlanta. On Wednesday, they will look to finish the sweep as they take on the Braves.
On the mound for the Dodgers in this one will be 29-year-old righty Tony Gonsolin. In five games, he is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and he has 19 strikeouts in 24 innings. Gonsolin has won back-to-back games, and he hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 16 innings on the mound.
Offensively, the Dodgers currently rank third in the majors in scoring, averaging 5.47 runs per game (5.24 on the road). Leading the Dodgers’ offense is Max Muncy, who has a team-high 15 home runs and 35 runs batted in.
Aside from Muncy, Mookie Betts (10 HR, 29 RBI, 36 R), Freddie Freeman (9 HR, 31 RBI, 41 R), and James Outman (9 HR, 28 RBI, 28 R) have all had good years.
Braves Trying To Get Back On Track, Maintain Division Lead
Having lost three of their last four, the Atlanta Braves are hoping to at least salvage the last game of the series with L.A. on Wednesday. While they still have a four-game lead in the NL East, they have not been playing great ball as of late and have seen the Mets inch closer in the standings.
Trying to stop the bleeding, the Braves will send 24-year-old Bryce Elder to the bump. In nine games, Elder is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and he has struck out 45 in 52.1 innings. Elder took a no-decision in his last outing after allowing just two earned runs on seven hits over six innings to the Seattle Mariners.
In terms of power, Matt Olson has been one of the most lethal hitters for Atlanta. While he is hitting just .235/.366/.520, he leads the team with 13 home runs, while also adding 35 runs batted in.
Overall, Ronald Acuna Jr has been the most successful Braves’ hitter. He is hitting .339/.429/.591 with 11 home runs, 27 runs batted in, and leads the team in both runs (46) and stolen bases (20).
Take Atlanta On The Runline
This one is a tough one to call. While the Dodgers have all the momentum in the series, it is hard to count Atlanta out with all of the talent they have on their team.
Both Bryce Elder and Tony Gonsolin have been excellent this season, so this truly could be a pitcher’s matchup. With that in mind, taking the UNDER 9.5 runs (-120) might not be a bad play.
In terms of the game, expect this one to be close and, for that reason, take the Braves at +1.5 on the runline (-162).